Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sorry for the second post today...

...but I have a dilemma.

No it's not the purse.

So as you all know, I did mention that J is moving to Vancouver. She's leaving now at the end of September.

This is my problem:

Her parents are throwing her an engagement party in Burlington next weekend. Next weekend is right around my anniversary. It's not until the Tuesday but who wants to do a big celebration in the evening in the middle of the week when we both have to be up early the next morning (read 5 am)?

Secondly, J wants to have a girls' night/last hurrah on September 22-23 in Montreal. That weekend D has the Friday, Saturday AND Sunday off.

Now here's the issue. I have to see J before she leaves for the other side of the country. But, I don't want to take away from the miniscule amount of time D and I have together. D (disappointedly) surprised me with he was thinking of using our Aeroplan miles to go to NYC for the weekend at the end of September since he has 3 days off. And that would be our anniversary celebration. So that would have me getting to the engagement party no problems, but then I miss out on saying goodbye to her before she leaves. T can't attend the weekend in Montreal as she's busy herself. But I've missed out on so many social events with friends either because of working weekends or lack of funds. I don't have those issues now and I'm stuck.

D said we could just go to Montreal on the Friday have a night out, get a hotel spend Saturday together downtown and then he would go hang out with my cousins while I hung out with the girls (staying at the hotel afterwards) and we would come back late on Sunday. It would be extremely cheaper than NYC but D has been saving up because he knows how much I want to go back. It breaks my heart that I feel that I have to disappoint one person to make the other happy.

What would you all do??
Good morning Lovelies!!

I'm going to try to make this quick (I have a presentation to give in 30 mins).

First off I want to congratulate HarlowB on her pregnancy!! Yay!!! And I want to answer her comments she left me last night.

T is my friend who did the fitness competitions. She didn't really change her routine all that much. At almost 6 months, she's still working out 6 days a week. When she first found out, she didn't change anything until she noticed her body changing. First she had to stop all core work because she wasn't as flexable. She's still doing weights and cardio. Mind you, her cardio has been reduced as well. Her mindset is that she will keep going until her body starts to say that she should let up a little. She's taken up more yoga and is spending a lot of time walking her dog. All this doesn't really phase me, or seem over the top or anything like that. What really knocks me off my feet is that this woman wants to do another fitness competition 14 MONTHS after she gives birth! The big question is going to be how fast will she be able to bounce back into her routine after the baby comes! What I might try to do, is push her into posting an update on one of her blogs. Her and J have let their blog fall to the wayside a bit. If I can get her to post one, I'll make sure to link it on my blog for you and any other mommy to be-s here (Kitty).

So after 2 weeks I've hovered in the 129.something range. I did have a day or two where I slipped back into the 130s but it went back down the next day. I think it's safe to say I've broken the 130s officially and today's even 129 cements it. Wish I went lower but this is a big enough feat for me. I put on a pair of trousers today that I always remember being skin tight since Uni but I put them on today and they're BAGGY. I've never owned baggy clothes. They've either fit or been tight. So I kinda jumped for joy at that this morning (and maybe did a little dance around the room).

I'm nervous for school to start next week because I don't want to eat the food here. I've gotten into such a nice routine this summer I don't want to ruin it. But the thing is that I wouldn't be able to bring my own food in and eat it in the dining room in front of the kids. They are given a hot meal every day and there are so many kids with allergies no outside food is allowed. And it's not fair to eat other food they cant have. GAH!

Do you ladies remember the purse I bought 2 years ago before my wedding with the fringe on it? It's the only fall purse I have and I can't seem to figure out if it's still in style enough to wear still. The bags I see these days are all super structured. What do you think?? Help?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Victoria's Secret Models Have a Tumblr!!!!


That is all....Here's the link. Enjoy!

oh yeah...maybe I should update you all too!

So I'm still in the 129's. I spiked back up 2lbs but I've worked it back down. Still not in the clear though.

Tonight I'm going to dinner with my girlfriends. I've decided to stay away from the booze and just get an entrée (ask for a take away box so I can immediately pack up half) and then maybe a little dessert and coffee. I went to the website for the restaurant and they have a really extensive nutritional info page. I've determined to never eat a main salad there again (over 900 cals with the dressing) and to stay away from anything "Asian Inspired" as they're all over 1000 cals and have over 3000 mg of sodium!!! I was disgusted and turned off the place pretty much. Here's my list of options for tonight:

Grilled Chicken with Steamed Veg and Jasmine Rice - 390 (could cut some cals by not eating all the rice)
Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Bisque with Croutons - 350
California Starter Salad (no dressing) - 160
Roasted Mushroom Soup - 360
Kobe Mealoaf - 610 (this includes all the trimmings and sauces)
Miso Glazed Black Cod - 730 (again all the trimmings and sauces and the sauce is a little sugary)
Tomato Brown Rice Spaghetinni - 760 (Gluten Free & Veggie. I would pack half up for half the cals)
Grilled Veggie Wrap - 550 (not sure what the side is though so probably not this one)
Ibarra Chocolate Cake - 334
Key Lime Pie - 270
Milestone's Moment - 240

This will all depend on how hungry I am and how I feel. It will be easy not to drink tonight because T is pregnant and my other friend C doesn't really drink.

I found out today that J is moving with her fiancé to Vancouver in October. This is going to be the furthest apart that someone in our group has been from us. We've all been within a 2 hour drive. This really sucks. I've been in a funk all day and I've cried a couple of times. I mean, I'm happy for her and it's a great opportunity for her fiancé. I'm just going to really miss her.

Anyways, that's about all for me. Back to work I go.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Quick update because work is crazy atm:

After this weekend of food I was 131 on Monday, but Tuesday morning I woke up and was 129.8! I'm not clear out of the woods yet. I won't consider myself officially out of the 130's until I'm at an even 129 or lower for at least 2 days. 

I'm basically just eating dinner at this point. I picked up some sushi at lunch today and I couldn't eat it. It just didn't seem appetizing (not that it was bad or anything) so I ended up tossing it. I know what a waste of money but it wouldn't be good tomorrow if I saved it. 

This weekend I'm getting together with T for a Yoga and coffee/tea date. So I'll have a bit of a workout, it is a Prenatal class though, so I'm not sure what to expect from it. 

Anyways I have get back to it. Just wanted to keep you all in the loop!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

130 lovelies! This is where it starts to become important on what I do. I've gotten here before, but I can never break past this point. This is going make or break me. I have gotten into my routine though. Small nibble with my coffee just after taking my pills. No restriction on what it is, but if it's a muffin or something of the sorts I only have a small piece and save the rest for the afternoon and still end up throwing half of it out. If I have fruit in the morning, then I have some veggies at lunch if I'm hungry. But most days it's coffee in the morning and tea while I'm at work. I'm doing squats and crunches in my office to keep myself moving and to break up my day. I don't leave my office because I'd be tempted to get in my car and get food. I don't eat infront of anyone and I don't stick around when people are eating. The only "meal" I'm eating right now is dinner with D. But I've been having a weird stomach ache this week that's come along with my period. It must be some sort of bug because I can't think of what else it could be. But I'll have some veggies or a couple bite of what ever we're eating. Sometimes I'll eat everything or I'll have a couple nibbles.

We bought the BBQ on Tuesday. We got a great deal on it. All stainless steel 4 burner with a side burner for pots and frying etc. It was the floor model (so already assembled) and it was on clearance. The BBQ was originally $650 but we got it for just under $400. By the time we added the Nat. Gas conversion kit and some tools and light bulbs (we went LED to save on energy bills) we were over $500. Not bad. But all that aside, we grilled last night and it was AMAZING! My stove top is now officially for boiling and steaming. No more pan frying unless I'm cooking for a party and it's required (such as risotto, stir fry or searing roasts before putting it in the oven).

I'm feeling good about all of this and I'm so close to ACTUALLY breaking 130. I did a little dance when I saw that number on the scale.

My best friend J got engaged this past weekend. So I'm on the docket to start planning an engagement party. Honestly, I'd love to host it because I have the space and I love doing these things, but I wouldn't mind at all if the rest of my friends decide to do it in Montreal where they are. All I have to do is get there early and set up and maybe bring a dish or dessert. Heck, I would grab a ride with T and not have to spend money on gas (I'd give them $30 for the trip but better than $100 myself).

Work is still stressful but things are starting to fall into place. Since my last post I've had 3 inquiries. One is a boy who is pretty much a go, one is 2 boys who's parents just moved from Saudi Arabia (diplomats probably) but the older one has ADHD and Asperger's so he's a case that we have to look closely at and I had an agent contact me about 2 kids from Kazakhstan. So 5 kids where 1 is certain 2 are probable and 2 are unknown. Let's hope these pan out, but if they do it will be A LOT of work. Well speaking of work, I need to get back to it. I have printer's proofs to go over for ads that are due today and then some database updating to do.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Hello lovelies!

So. I've been running around these last couple of days trying to figure out how much BBQs are on clearance to make sure I have enough money pay for D's gift. I don't want to get to the store and find out they're all $600+. We have a natural gas valve in our backyard so we need a natural gas BBQ (which are a little more expensive). My fears were rested a bit that there are some that range from $400-$600. Hopefully he picks something from there.

Good news since my post on Monday, I've lost 2lbs!! The OxyElite is just completely killing my appetite. I haven't eaten breakfast and during work I make sure I have something to munch on. Monday was 2 cups of red grapes, and yesterday was an apple and 10 Food Should Taste Good sweet potato chips. Today I went and met my mom for lunch at a Vietnamese place in town. I had 2 little rice roll ups, and boy, I feel like I'm about to burst! I've had very small portioned dinners in the evening but mostly vegetables. I am also drinking water like you wouldn't believe. I've been drinking over 3L each day. It's been annoying at work because I have to pee, like, every 15 mins. At least the bathroom is just across the hall from my office!

I'm being adventurous this week. I'm going to try kale for the first time. I'm thinking of tossing/massaging it with a bit of olive oil and lemon to break it down a bit. Does anyone have recommendations on what is the best way to try it for the first time??

Work has been really stressing me out lately. The school's income this year is under because our classes aren't filled and we lost 10 boarders this past year (graduation changing schools etc) and didn't get many new ones to replace them. A lot of our income comes from the boarding fees. So I've been trying for the last 2 months to recruit new applicants. I've had a handful but not many have followed through. I admitted one girl last week and we're testing a boy in 2 weeks. Our SK-1 split class only has 5 kids and I can't seem to draw in younger families. My boss wants me to do all this advertising, but I'm close to having my budget spent  and I don't want to tap into next year's to fund it. I'm short of cornering people in a room forcing them to enrol their kids (just kidding). I'm just always tired these days. I was even sick over my vacation because I was so stressed that I couldn't get wifi to access my e-mails. At least when the school year starts I'll hopefully be able to relax a bit more.

Anyways, I have to go. I have a bunch of phone calls to make and packages to prepare in the next hour and half before I go sit at my info table (there's a day camp that runs here in the summer).

I think early to bed for me tonight.